On the Origin of the Clichés and Evolution of Idioms


This fascinating work unveils the origins and meanings of almost 400 common English clichés, idioms, axioms, proverbs, similes, and curious words and catch-phrases, salted with a hint of humor. It is a myth-buster on the origins of a number of them. If you think you know the full scoop on "Your name is mud," and the international distress signal, "SOS," you are likely wrong. What about "People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones?" How about "God willing and the Creeks don’t rise?" Did "Cleanliness is next to godliness" comes from the Bible? This book is illustrated and lists hundreds of references from books, plays, films, songs, poems, and even currency, letters and court records. Delve into this unique tome which is better by ’a country mile’ than many others of its type.

ISBN 978-1-935786-28-3
Copyright 2011 370 pages

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